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>> and now, "bbc world news." >> a new aftershock shakes japan as two workers at the fukushima nuclear plant are treated for high levels of radiation. the battle for libya goes on. france says it could take weeks, not months, to destroy gaddafi's military capabilities. parliament rejects austerity measures in portugal and the prime minister resigns. welcome to "bbc world news." i am david eades. also coming up in the program, the suicide bombing ritual acted out by children and posted as an online video. >> two workers at japan's
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fukushima nuclear power station have been taken to the hospital after they were exposed to high levels of radiation. the leak of radiation has already contaminated tokyo's water supply. authorities say that tap water is once again safe. in the last couple of hours, there's been a further strong aftershock. at a news conference just a short while ago, the japanese chief cabinet secretary was talking about what had happened to those two nuclear workers. >> yesterday at reactor building number three, workers were laying cables. the radiation levels have been monitored constantly.
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they stepped into the water and the water apparently contained high levels of radiation. as a result, the workers were exposed to the radiation of more than 170 millisieverts. this is a very regrettable situation. they have been transferred to the hospital to receive treatment. >> i spoke to the bbc's correspondent in tokyo and he gave us more about the situation of those workers. >> at this stage, there are very sketchy details about what the effects of the radiation might be. we know that the two of them that have been taken to the hospital -- one have been moved on to a specialist institute. the level of radiation that they were exposed to, we heard it is somewhere between 170 and 180 millisieverts per hour period
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that roughly equates to an outwardly rate of getting 2/3 of what is the recommended annual dose. a very high exposure level, and one that has caused a great yeadeal of concern and sparked a round of press conferences. they are giving out what information they can. they are fully aware that this will cause a great deal of alarm, the notion that some of the contractors working so hard to try to restore power to get the monitoring and cooling systems back up and running, that some of those workers may have come into serious harm. >> clearly, any reference to radiation obviously causes considerable alarm. we have seen that in tokyo with the water supply. now the word is coming now that the water is in fact safe. what is the response? >> as you can imagine, the news that the water was now
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supposedly safer to drink came residents hours after presiden were told that it was double the safe level for infants. that kind of a mixed message is causing confusion and uncertainty here. when radiation was mentioned yesterday, parents of children much older were clearly worried. >> we will be hearing more on the situation in northeastern japan and near where this latest aftershock has taken place. stay with us for that. stay with us as we bring you the latest in the situation in libya. coalition aircraft have struck in the north of the country for a second consecutive night. reports of an explosion of a military base east of the city.
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elsewhere, government forces are reported to have taken control of the port in rebel-held misrata. we also hear of fierce fighting in ajdabiya, which is somewhat of a gate wait for the rebels into eastern libya. joining me from tripoli now is the bbc's john simpson. with regard to misrata, what do you understand is the situation there? >> this is sort of a bubble inside which it is impossible to get very much information on what is happening even in tripoli itself, let alone outside. nevertheless, one does hear the stories. many are from government sources. the government does not want to
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boast about this too much in case they get some sort of retribution. we are hearing these stories from the east of benghazi. there's absolutely no question. it's only 130 miles to the east of us. >> where you are in tripoli -- we have seen pictures from libyan state tv showing considerable damage. we cannot verify that either. you are pretty combined -- confined to your position. it's clear that the attacks are hitting targets. >> absolutely. i look at those pictures as everybody else does and assume
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that they are of the kind of targets that the nato planes are trying to hit. that's about as much as you can tell. they are carefully edited to lose any kind of detail, of course, but clearly, they are something that has been hit. again, these are pictures shot solely by the government. it's pretty difficult. they have been taking cameras to hospitals. they took the cameras to one hospital during the night where quite a few injured people were. the government says they are civilians. it's impossible to tell. >> john, thank you very much for that.
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just getting the picture from tripoli. it is very valuable as we try to piece together what is going on. the french foreign minister says they destruction of gaddafi's military capacity will take days or weeks and will not take months. humphrey huxley has been looking at the latest. >> a convoy of rebel forces in the l series of the eastern city of ajdabiya, where they are fighting to get control from libyan government forces. this is only 100 miles from the rebel stronghold of benghazi. west of here are cities held by the libyan government. in misrata, the battles continued. residents say tanks were shelling this morning and the hospital is full of casualty's. these pictures were taken in the
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last few days. this man was shot while inside his house, explains one of the doctors. another misrata doctor made an appeal by telephone. >> the situation is so serious. -- i'mid many times calling on the international community to protect the civilians. >> these french planes are now operating with a growing international concern about their exact targets. how exactly do you prevent civilian casualties? some world powers are worried. >> how can one use air strikes, which lead to more losses, among the peaceful population? we cannot help but be concerned. >> libyan television shows what
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it describes as casualties being treated in hospitals after overnight air strikes and the city. the government claims the attacks have killed dozens of civilians. the charge is denied by the u.s. and its allies. this argument is becoming critical to the propaganda war. >> what happened today, they did not differentiate between the civilians. the airstrikes would stop immediately. >> undeniable is the destruction of libya's apparatus. one of the latest targets, reportedly an engineering complex in the tajura district. the government says it is a residential area. >> let me just remind you, if
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you want more on the situation in libya, there's a place to go on the website where we have all the very latest details coming into us and getting straight out to you. we have obviously got the resolution itself from the un security council pointing towards the use of military force and all the political developments that go with that. you can hear from our correspondents and you can contribute. get onto the web site if you would like more on that. some other news for you now. is portugal headed for a financial bailout? the prime minister, jose socrates, has resigned after his latest austerity plan was defeated in parliament. they were intended to vacate the financial markets, increasingly concerned that the ability of portugal to manage its budget deficit. in brussels, they will seek to finalize the eurozone plan.
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>> european austerity claims another victim. this time, the prime minister of portugal. he announces his resignation after announcing to parliament that builds had to be tightened even further. the opposition says the cuts would have fallen on the poorest in society and they were dictated by outsiders. portugal is now in political drift just as it most badly needs decisive leadership. the country is under huge pressure on the financial markets. it is once again pushing the borrowing costs to quiet unsustainable levels. too many people here, it's just a matter of time before a bailout needs to be sought. the news from the portuguese parliament is probably the last thing that those who seek to strengthen and save the euro wanted to hear. possible timing forivi
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the eurozone. one of europe's weakest economies is thrown into turmoil. portugal looks more vulnerable than ever. the financial markets cannot avoid the uncertainty. question want to take you back to the situation in japan, where we've heard of in after shock, a magnitude 6.1. on the northeastern coast -- we will have more on that in a moment or two. i hope you will stay with us on that. also coming up, an unhappy homecoming. elizabeth taylor died at the age of 79. the actress had a long history
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of health problems. she was a double oscar winner and made her name in films like "cleopatra." off-screen, per ongoing love affair with richard burton, along with eight marriages, fascinated the world. >> hollywood is honoring an icon of the way it always mourns its own, with a wreath on the walk of fame. >> we asked florists to collect flowers the color of her eyes. >> the woman with the violet eyes clearly made an impression on many. >> i've always admired her. >> she really did contribute a lot to the aids foundation and just to she was as an actress -- it's pretty amazing. >> among the many public figures
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who paid tribute, elton john said, "we've just lost a hollywood giant and more importantly, we've lost an incredible human being." bill and hillary clinton said she brought to life unforgettable characters on film and she brought hope to millions. her many followers on twitter paid respect. i have not seen a reaction like this since michael jackson died nearly two years ago. that was much bigger. this is a real indication of the level of celebrity elizabeth taylor enjoyed. she was the closest thing to royalty hollywood had. >> you are watching "bbc world news." these are the headlines. eastern japan has been rocked by a strong aftershock.
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two workers at the troubled fukushima nuclear plant are also being treated in hospitals for high-level radiation exposure. reports from libya suggest fierce fighting is taking place in the key city of ajdabiya. troops claimed to have taken control, despite air strikes across the country. also coming into eskimo word from the british prime minister, david cameron, about the scope of military action within libya. the copy is just coming to us from nottingham, where mr. cameron said, "it's very important that we do not stray beyond the united nations resolution. we should not go beyond that in any way." he added that the military action taken by the coalition so far has helped to avoid slaughter in benghazi. those are the latest word from
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david cameron on the situation in libya. i want to bring you back to the situation in japan. we've heard of a further aftershocks, 6.1, in the east of the country. it is bound to have ramifications. of course, aid is getting through to communities on that coast. a lot of people are still stuck in evacuation centers. our correspondent reports on the iwate prefecture. >> the village of ofunato is like so many others along the coast of japan. homes are splintered and lives are destroyed. >> he was lucky at the most. his house stood, but the waves smashed right through, even upstairs. it will probably have to be knocked down.
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>> it has been nearly two weeks since the tsunami, but i still have no idea what to do. >> when the tsunami hit, it cut through this community. this house with the red roof was on the other side of its neighbor. the government of japan has marshaled its military and a massive aid operation. the people here are also trying to help themselves. every mealtime, the survivors had to the top of the hill. much of the village is now living here. they have set up a communal kitchen in the garden. it has brought people to gather. the village has been given 10t tents by the charities and they are putting them up side by side. >> it's very difficult to stand, but all of the neighbors have
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cooperated. we even manage to laugh. >> there's no hurry to move out of the area where everyone has been sleeping, sharing candles and a radio for the latest news. japan's great disaster has brought out the best in its people. >> taking a look at the business news now. a big story regarding portugal. no prime minister and no austerity measures. that's the latest. it is bailout time. >> many say it is inevitable. the political turmoil now pushes portugal directly down the bailout path. portugal, at the moment, is hesitant. you also have to remember that any country, like ireland and greece that accepted the bailouts, have to accept very tough conditions with those bailouts. the question for portugal,
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without a government in place and a new election still 55 days away, who makes the decision? who negotiates with the eu and imf? if a bailout is accepted, it may be very watered-down until an elected government gets in place to deal with this. the idea of the eu summit was to put in place a grand bargain designed to keep the contagion from the other eurozone members. >> maybe the markets will make the decision for them. ireland is the interesting case. this is their new government. this is a chance to fulfil an electoral pledge. >> absolutely. the old government that negotiated the terms of ireland's bailout and the new
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government does not like the terms. they want a lower rate on the money they are borrowing. on top of that, they are hanging onto their corporate tax rate. it's one of the lowest corporate tax rates in europe. the other members do not want that. the they say ireland has to get on an even playing field. ireland is very stubborn on that note. they were very stubborn on the initial negotiations. this is the battle, if you will, facing the eu leaders at the moment. they're dealing with portugal and ireland. they have elections coming up in other countries. this may prevent the summit from taking the measures they need to take to put the so- called grand design into place. we'll have more in about seven minutes. >> you will be there. thank you very much.
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i want to bring you some reports of further violence in the syrian city of deraa after a police raid on a mosque that left several people dead. the main hospital in deraa -- officials say they have received the bodies of at least 25 anti- government protesters after the violence on wednesday afternoon. witnesses say security forces shot at hundreds of demonstrators as they tried to march into the city of the center -- of the southern city. ali abdullah saleh supporters have clashed. the president says he will resign in a matter of months, but the opposition is insisting that he has to go immediately. police in pakistan say a suicide bomber attacked a police station in the northwest of the country, killing at least five people, four of them civilians. many others were injured in this
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blast that took place in the tribal region along the afghan border. also in pakistan, an amateur video showing young boys acting out a suicide attack has been published on youtube. the footage has been condemned by the un's children organization as well as children charities in pakistan. from islamabad, our correspondent reports. >> a young boy says -- his little playmates waiting in line. it's a chilling re-enactment of a suicide bombing. to the tune of a favorite taliban song, he sets off on his mission and lips his shirt to show the explosives. and then this.
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it was just stand tossed in the air, but the children living dead to show that the bombing was successful. all of this was carefully staged. it is disturbing and attracting plenty of attention on the internet. activists rights worry about the impact on other youngsters. he says this child's play has a very serious purpose. >> this message is quite clear. other children and other people should conceive them as a hero and to the same thing. >> this is a recruitment tool. >> exactly. this is a way to recruit children suicide bombers. >> here is some of their
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handiwork. an attack last october on a shrine in the southern city of karachi. police believe the suicide bomber was just 14. >> the militants have a policy of recruiting teenagers because they're easy to train and brainwashed and they are hard for the authorities to detect. they can get close to target without arousing suspicion. experts say eight out of 10 suicide attacks in pakistan are carried out by teenage bombers. >> this is just a game, but instead of steering the bombers, these boys are glorifying them. they are children of conflict and already robbed of their childhood. >> extraordinary pictures. you can go to the website, and you can get more on all those reports there.
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